A writers' conference is coming to Portland, and Uptown Dance in Tigard is offering a free day of classes.

Writers welcome at local conference

Willamette Writers, the largest nonprofit writers' organization in Oregon, will host approximately 800 publishing industry professionals and aspiring writers from across the greater Portland area at the 2017 Willamette Writers Conference, Aug. 4-6 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. Conference attendees will receive training in the business of writing, access to gatekeepers in the publishing industry, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

Themed "Words have Value," the three-day event will offer more than 100 workshops, lectures, keynotes and evening events all focused on building community and strengthening craft. In addition, the conference will provide a forum in which attendees have the opportunity to pitch film and literary industry representatives in hopes of advancing their careers.

Registration is open now through Aug. 4. For more information, visit

Tigard dance studio offers free lessons

Uptown Dance Studio will host a day of free lessons from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.

Classes are geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome. Different classes will start each hour, and styles include adult hip hop, Zumba, country two-step, waltz, West Coast swing and more. To see a full schedule and learn more, visit or call 503-740-3838.

Uptown Dance Studio is located at 14355 S.W. Pacific Highway, Tigard.

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